2012 Audi A7 - Road Test Specs

2012 Audi A7 Sedan

(3.0L V6 Supercharger AWD 8-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Model year2012
MakeAudi
ModelA7
StylePremium 4dr Hatchback AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
Base MSRP$59,250
Options on test vehiclePrestige Trim ($6,330 -- includes S-line exterior, navigation, MMI touch, Audi Connect emergency telematics, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry, four-zone automatic climate control, ventillated front seats, Bose surround sound stereo, HD radio, power-adjustable steering wheel, adaptive headlights, interior ambient lights, color gauge display); 20-Inch Wheels and Summer Tires ($1,200); Audi Side Assist Blind Spot Warning System ($500); Moonlight Blue Metallic Paint ($475).
As-tested MSRP$68,630
Drivetrain
Drive typeAll-wheel Drive
Engine typeSupercharged, direct-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,995/183
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline (rpm)6,450
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)310 @ 5,500-6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)325 @ 2,900-4,500
Fuel type91-octane required
Transmission typeEight-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=4.714; II=3.143; III=2.106; IV=1.667; V=1.285; VI=1.000; VII=0.839; VIII=0.667; R=3.317; Final=2.848
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-over-hydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.9
Tire brandYokohama
Tire modelAdvan Sport AO
Tire typeAsymmetrical summer
Tire size, front265/35R20 99Y
Tire size, rear265/35R20 99Y
Wheel size20-by-10.4 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front14-inch ventilated steel discs with two-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear13-inch ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.0
0-45 mph (sec.)3.5
0-60 mph (sec.)5.4
0-75 mph (sec.)7.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.6 @ 101.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)106
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.88
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.2
@ Full throttle (dB)70.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.2
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsThe A7 charges off the line with authority, all four tires putting the power down. Switching the automatic to Sport, Drive Select to Dynamic and ESC to Off netted quicker acceleration by about two-tenths. Went even quicker using Manual mode (still shifts for itself) with a small amount of power braking. Manual shifting via console lever (pull back to downshift); will not hold gears to rev limiter; does blip throttle on downshifts.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsLengthy pedal travel and a spongy feel, but man does the A7 stop short, so to speak. Sticky summer tires help here. Dead solid stability, but quite a bit of ABS pumping through the pedal. Repeatable distance, and no fade.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: Steering feels too light and artificial during the low speeds of the skid pad, even in the Dynamic setting. Chassis was quite responsive to drop-throttle to squelch understeer with stability control off, but ESC On's slight addition of brakes and reduction of throttle proved just as adept as the test driver's right foot was. Slalom: Electric steering firms up during the higher speeds of the slalom, but still isn't what you'd call precise. The summer tires offer decent grip, but there's no getting around the fact that the A7 is a long and heavy car, with considerable body roll. Best method is to come in slow and gradually increase throttle throughout. Lifting off the throttle brought the tail out, and it acted like it wanted to swap ends with ESC off. AWD allows full-throttle slalom exit with no traction issues.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)80.6
Relative humidity (%)11.9
Wind (mph, direction)1.3 Head
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/28 highway/22 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)17.4
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.8
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,210
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,207
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)54.3/45.7
Length (in.)195.6
Width (in.)75.2
Height (in.)55.9
Wheelbase (in.)114.7
Track, front (in.)64.7
Track, rear (in.)64.4
Turning circle (ft.)39.0
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)37.0
Headroom, front (in.)36.9
Headroom, rear (in.)36.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.2
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.9
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)24.5
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance1 year/5,000 miles
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front with head protection chambers
Head airbagsFront and rear
Knee airbagsDual front
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, braking assist
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
IIHS offsetNot tested

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